Course: American Cultural Studies II

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Course title American Cultural Studies II
Course code KAA/AMCS
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Sweney Matthew, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Hýsek Robert, Mgr.
  • Peprník Jaroslav, prof. PhDr. CSc.
  • Flajšar Jiří, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. The Myth of Democracy and Human Rights 2. American Philosophies (transcendentalism, pragmatism, objectivism) 3. American Myths and Dreams ? Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective 4. ? 5. Ethnic America ? Melting Pot, Fruit Salad, or Mosaic? (Americans from America, Asia, and Africa) 6. Multiculturalism and Cultural Pluralism Today 7. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and -isms of the Era of Political Correctness 8. Women Studies and American Feminisms 9. The Americanization of the World ? McDonald's and the Others

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 34 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Discussion-oriented seminar with an emphasis on written and oral formulation of students' opinions. The key themes for discussion and reading are democracy, human rights, civic society, the American dream, American philosophies, racism, sexism, ethnic plurality, feminisms, McDonaldization, globalization, and other cultural phenomena whose analysis helps in a better understanding of American society from both a historical and contemporary point of view. The current foreign policy of the U. S. A. and other global issues are discussed as well.
An acquaintance with history, culture, life and institutions, trends and philosophies in American society.
A high standard of oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Student performance, Didactic Test

- active participation in the class discussions - 2 absences maximum - 4 brief (one-page) essays - test on American states (filling in a blind map)
Recommended literature
  • Colombo, Gary, and Cullen, Robert, and Lisle, Bonnie, eds. (1991). Rereading America. New York.
  • Hartley, John and Pearson, Roberta E. (2000). American Cultural Studies: A Reader. Oxford.
  • Luedtke, Luther, ed. (1992). Making America. Chappell Hill .
  • Maasi, Sonia, and Jack Solomon, eds. (2009). Signs of Life in the USA, 6th ed.. Boston.
  • Rothenberg, Paula S., ed. (1992). Race, Class & Gender in the U.S.. New York.
  • Sowell, Thomas. (1981). Ethnic America: A History. New York.

Study plans that include the course
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